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Gravity
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Mar 4, 2014 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Alfonso Cuarn

Actors:
Sandra Bullock
George Clooney
Ed Harris

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
On her first journey into space, engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) fights for her life after a catastrophic accident leaves her stranded.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Engineer Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are hundreds of miles above the Earth, where temperatures can reach nearly 148 degrees below zero. Matt floats about and cracks jokes while Stone repairs the Hubble Space Telescope.

Houston breaks in, alerting that a Russian satellite has been hit, causing debris to spread. And then there it is, hurtling at them and their spacecraft at 20,000 miles per hour. Explorer is struck and all contact from that tiny green and blue marble is lost. Stone is on her own in a fight against both space and her own fate, neither of which shes meant to win.

Gravity is the latest film by Alfonso Cuarn. Cuarn is one of the best filmmakers working today, having shown his unique vision with films like 2006s Children of Men and 2001s Y Tu Mam Tambin. Gravity, which he co-wrote with his son, Jons, stands not just the highlight of his career so far, but one of the finest pieces of cinema.

Of course, much credit goes to the marvelous technical achievements. All of the elementsthe cinematography (by Emmanuel Lubezki), visual effects (by Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shrik and Neil Corbould), editing (by Cuarn and Mark Sanger), music (by Steven Price), production design (by Andy Nicholson), and sound (by Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro)dont just enhance the story and film itself, but also seem to set new benchmarks for how each should be used in the medium. None of the production team acknowledges the idea of limitations and so help create a film that looks and sounds like no other. Of note is the use of 3D technology; it isnt used to throw items at the viewers face (there are no ping-pong balls, although there seems to be a wink to the audience when a paddle drifts by), but to add dimension and depth, and to put the audience in the action, whether aboard a craft or floating in space.

Gravity is a tense, thrilling, frightening, emotional, challenging, and brave piece of work. It, like Stanley Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey, knows no boundaries, and not only presses genre expectations, but rises as an achievement that will not be matched for decades to come.

THE EXTRAS
Gravity: Mission Control (1:46:36) offers a collection of nine featurettes, which examine everything from the origins of the story and research to the visual effects and technical challenges. They are: It Began with a Story, Initial Challenges: Long Shots and Zero G, Previsualizing GRAVITY, The Hues of Space, Physical Weightlessness, Space Tech, Sandra and George: A Pair in Space, Final Animation, and Complete Silence.

Shot Breakdowns (36:48) sees crew members discussing five scenes from the film: Behind the Visor, Fire in the International Space Station, Dr. Stones Rebirth, The Sound of Action in Space, and Splashdown

Collision Point: The Race to Clean Up Space (22:28): Narrated by Ed Harris, this documentary examines the role debris can play for space missions.

Aningaaq (6:53) is a Gravity spinoff directed by Jons Cuarn, son of Alfonso.

Film Festivals lists the dozen-plus festivals that Gravity screened at.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Alfonso Cuarns Gravity is host to a compelling story, a phenomenal turn from Sandra Bullock and marvelous technical aspects (from the 3D to the sound). It doesnt just set a new standard for its genre, but is one of the finest achievements in the history of cinema. Special features include a collection of making-of featurettes, a short film inspired by Gravity and more.
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2:56AM on 03/04/2014
The behind the scenes stuff is not only eye-opening and fascinating but also very funny. I love Alfonso Cuaron's quote about Emmanuel Lubezki: "He said a phrase which I think he's wanted to say ever since he became a cinematographer - 'that's okay but move the sun 300 million miles to the left'." The whole approach with the LED lightbox is mind-blowingly innovative and that they put the "Sandy's Cage" sign above it is hilarious.
The behind the scenes stuff is not only eye-opening and fascinating but also very funny. I love Alfonso Cuaron's quote about Emmanuel Lubezki: "He said a phrase which I think he's wanted to say ever since he became a cinematographer - 'that's okay but move the sun 300 million miles to the left'." The whole approach with the LED lightbox is mind-blowingly innovative and that they put the "Sandy's Cage" sign above it is hilarious.
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9:24AM on 03/04/2014
I loved Gravity. Thought it was an incredible achievement and have just bought it on Bluray. But to call it 'one of the finest pieces of cinema' is over-egging it a bit, don't you think?
I loved Gravity. Thought it was an incredible achievement and have just bought it on Bluray. But to call it 'one of the finest pieces of cinema' is over-egging it a bit, don't you think?
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